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Goosebumps and Epic-osity...

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NEWSY & NOTESY STUFF...

* We got excited when we first glimpsed results from Saturday's 10th annual Oakdale Du. It appeared that despite the dank, goosepimply conditions, records fell like Minnesota Twins batting averages. It appeared that triathlete/Death Metal guitarist Matt Payne, who picked up his 11th career win, took Brooks' course best down by a flabby 53 seconds, and Kevin O'Connor, who placed 2nd overall, set a PR, and an MR, to boot.

It also appeared that AG studs Charlie Roach (50-54M) and Mike Colaizy (60-64M), among others, outdid their divisional predecessors.

We got especially excited by 17-year-old Hannah Strom's (photo L) 4th place overall finish in the women's contest. An avid Nordic skier and occasional multisporter, who really likes Linkin Park and, for some reason, even enjoyed the movie "Mamma Mia!", Strom may be looking at a Junior of the Year nomination at season's end, if she races often enough, that is....

A Well-Kept Secret...

noelle(Photo - Lakes to Pines 2011 women's champ Noelle Androwchowicz.)

By Brian Maas

Race Coverage - It was more spectacular weather for the best kept secret in Midwest triathlons, the Lakes to Pines Triathlon in Park Rapids, MN. In 2010 we were blessed with sunny skies, race temperatures in the 60s, and light winds. Maybe it was the weather in 2010 that led to a record sixty-three people entering. Maybe it was the weather that allowed seven males to go under the previous course record. Five females went under the previous female course record.

In 2010, the male class was won by Mike Fretland of Bismarck, ND. The female class was won by Kailee Fretland, wife of Mike. But they could not make the trip this year. Kailee is preggers with their first child and Mike had nesting duty this weekend. Nesting as in tiling, painting and many other items on Kailee's wish list....

What I Do For Fun...

towels(All Photos Courtesy of Steve Stenzel. Check out his Oakdale coverage and other great pics on his cool WEBSITE.)

By Matthew Payne

Race Coverage - Set an alarm for an unreasonably early time on a Saturday morning. Wake up and look out the window, realize it

Payne & Patzer Triumph at Oakdale...

lydiaPartial results from Saturday's Oakdale Duathlon:


1. Matthew Payne, 34-

Selflessness & Great Hair...

andy(Photo -Selfless, Andy Clark leaps valiantly from a dock to intercept an errant Iraqi scud missile that was intended to decimate a Syrian target, yet somehow ended up in Minnesota. Andy was willing to sacrifice himself for his family and a beach full of strangers. Fortunately, the scud, like most scuds, did not detonate, thus Andy can continue to race and coach and do family stuff.)

Profile-ette - We've been a fan of Northfield's Andy Clark for a long time. A handsome and ripped Minnesota multisport pioneer with great competitive creds, he is also a highly decorated collegiate swim coach.

How decorated, you ask?

Check out his professional bio:

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